Herbal medicine is a completely separate branch of Chinese Medicine. It is a highly refined skill and considered an art in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese herbalism, like Acupuncture, is unique in that it allows practitioners to create specific prescription formulas appropriate to your individual conditions and constitution.

Herbal medicines may be made from the whole plant or from parts of the plant such as bark, fruit, stem, root or seed. You may think that taking roots and leaves is a weird thing but many Western Medicine pharmaceuticals are plant derived. For instance, Aspirin comes from willow tree bark, Digitalis, a heart drug, is from the foxglove plant, and Morphine is from the opium poppy. We’re just not used to seeing it in that form.

Chinese Medicine uses the herb in its natural state along with other herbs, making it easy for the body to process, usually with no side effects. In comparison, pharmaceutical companies activate and isolate one or two compounds from an herb and then make it more powerful. This leads to quick results with great efficacy; however, this also leads to the myriad of side effects that we see with Western medication. In Chinese medicine, a patient is getting the benefits of aspirin from the willow bark, but they are also ingesting the hundreds of other bio-chemicals naturally found in the bark which balance its effect. However, there is a time and place to use each system and both contribute amazing benefits to modern medicine.
Here at Blue Path Acupuncture, herbs are only bought from companies that chemically test each batch for heavy metals, pesticides, and for correct herbal ID authenticity.
Here are some examples of commonly used herbs:
Arnica used topically for bruises, sprains, sore muscles and joints
Ginger ingested for nausea, morning and motion sickness and as an anti-inflammatory
Turmeric ingested to combat inflammation and protect against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. <have ‘tumeric’ be a link to Dr. Andrew Weil’s website>:
Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids. Products made by New Chapter containing curcumin are highly recommended. For cooking, brightly colored and aromatic powder is best.
Dosage and Warning: 400 to 600 mg of extracts (tablets or capsules) three times per day or as directed on product. Dried spice is not effective for treating conditions.
Child Dosage: Do not give to young children.